Occupy This: US History exposes the 1%’s crimes then and now. 3 of 6

Occupy Wall Street (and nationwide) has three emerging objectives:

  1. Public recognition of the 1%’s crimes, centering on war and money.
  2. End war and money crimes that annually kill millions, injure billions, and loot trillions of our dollars.
  3. Build a brighter future for 100% of humanity, centering on full constructive employment and the creation of money that maximizes public good.

My Open proposal for US Revolution: end unlawful wars, parasitic economics explains and documents

  • war and money crimes so they are “emperor has no clothes” obvious,
  • Gandhi and Dr. King’s strategy for victory, with recommendation for a window of Truth and Reconciliation to encourage criminals’ peaceful surrender,
  • Historical consideration and today’s possibility of the US creating money to cause full employment and optimal infrastructure. This replaces the Orwellian “debt supply” the 1% creates and controls as their main weapon of dominance (more on economic solutions here).

This 6-article series documents the history of criminality of the 1%’s Wars of Aggression and War Crimes. The power of this history is to reveal that the 1% lies, kills, and loots as their usual business. We the People, the 99%, have historically been distracted by political and media rhetoric that propagandized the crimes.

For whatever reasons of greed never having “enough,” the 1% overplayed their hand. We the 99% have reached a critical mass stage of engaged attention. The criminals among the 1% have a rapidly closing window of opportunity to reclaim their humanity, have “Scrooge conversions,” and contribute to causing the above objectives.

The facts that the 1%’s war and money policies are massive and obvious crimes is important. The 99%’s recognition is a trigger for those of us with Oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Arrests will follow; the 1%’s houses of cards will collapse in tragic-comedy.

These six articles are taken from an assignment for my high school seniors to understand current events. The 11-part series will be available under the title,Teaching US History of empire/terrorism to recognize it today.

The 1%’s crimes will end because the 99% embrace the political, economic, and spiritual ideals of our Declaration of Independence (my emphasis added):

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” 

These are the sections of this article series:

  1. A revealing current event of our United States: MCA
  2. Revealing current event: waterboarding and its reporting by corporate media (parts 2a and 2b)
  3. Past “current events”: Native American treaties, Mexican-American War
  4. Past “current events”: US overthrow of Hawaii, Spanish-American War
  5. Past “current events”: World War 1, CIA wars, Vietnam War
  6. King family’s civil trial for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Past “current events”: Native American treaties, Mexican-American War

Let’s discuss some history of past “current events,” then I’ll let you go to work with your research on one of these controversial issues to determine for yourself the key facts, what they mean, and what policy we should adopt as a nation.

We need to understand history or we literally don’t know anything. As you know from everyday life encounters with enjoying relationships with friends, following your favorite sports teams, and even playing video games: it’s only from studying history (what happened) that we’re informed and empowered to act intelligently in the present.

Let’s make sure we understand the power of knowing history: We enjoy our friends by discussing recent history of events, interpret what they mean, and create interesting strategies to move forward in our various life projects. For sports we look at statistics (historical performance) to scout our opponents and understand important aspects of performing well in the present and future. In video games, we learn from failures and successes how to move forward. Indeed, with mastery of history we become increasingly competent in our actions in the present.

Therefore, to understand US current events, part of our strategy MUST include an understanding of key past current events.

Although the following history of some of the US’ most important “current events” is non-controversial for factual accuracy as far as I know, most Americans have received a “Disney-like” view of them. I credit the US’ best-known professional historian, Howard Zinn, for his enormous contribution to counter corporate media and corporate textbook’s Disneyfication of US history in his bestselling book, A people’s history of the United States. Mr. Zinn’s book is usual reading in college and AP US History courses (and increasing numbers of regular high school US History and middle schools with an adapted version), was the 1980 runner-up for the US “National Book Award”, and has sold over one million copies. It was last updated in 2005.

Therefore, the following history that may be new to you is essential to at least counter the lies of omission and/or romanticized view you’ve already received, and may even be the far more accurate history. You’re welcome to research any of the following for extra credit, of course.

“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”

– President Harry Truman, Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman (1974) by Merle Miller, pg. 26.

Historically, we know that concern for abuse in US Domestic Policy has been justified. For nearly one hundred years, our government chose not to enforce Constitutional Amendments for the protection of African Americans. Lawful political dissent against US participation in WW I was crushed under the Espionage Act of 1917 [34] and the Sedition Act of 1918. American citizens of Japanese ancestry had their Constitutional rights rescinded in WW II when they were ordered to internment camps. [35]

In US Foreign Policy, the US removed Native Americans from treatied lands [36] on multiple occasions. When Native Americans argued for their treatied rights and won in the Supreme Court Case Worcester v. Georgia [37] in 1832, US President Andrew Jackson refused the decision. The resultant forced military removals in the “Trail of Tears” [38] killed  ~4,000; most from  the forced march during winter without provision of adequate supplies to prevent death by freezing. The legal classification of this act is murder. Because both political parties and most media supported the removal, this treaty violation and mass-murder was possible.

Please recall the California State Framework’s warning of the fragility of democratic institutions.

The 1869 Board of Indian Commissioners appointed by President Grant made this stunning report [39] from their “full power to examine all matters appertaining to the conduct of Indian affairs.”  Please read the following five paragraphs in light of the current fear-mongering against Muslims in current US wars and today’s media coverage:

“The history of the border white man’s connection with the Indians is a sickening record of murder, outrage, robbery, and wrongs committed by the former as the rule, and occasional savage outbreaks and unspeakably barbarous deeds of retaliation by the latter as the exception.

The class of hardy men on the frontier who represent the highest type of the energy and enterprise of the American people, and are just and honorable in their sense of moral obligation and their appreciations of the rights of others, have been powerless to prevent these wrongs, and have been too often the innocent sufferers from the Indians’ revenge.

That there are many good men on the border is a subject of congratulation, and the files of the Indian Bureau attest that among them are found some of the most earnest remonstrants against the evils we are compelled so strongly to condemn. The testimony of some of the highest military of officers of the United States is on record to the effect that, in our Indian wars, almost without exception, the first aggressions have been made by the white man, and the assertion is supported by every civilian of reputation who has studied the subject.

In addition to the class of robbers and outlaws who find impunity in their nefarious pursuits upon the frontiers, there is a large class of professedly reputable men who use every means in their power to bring on Indian wars, for the sake of the profit to be realized from the presence of troops and the expenditure of government funds in their midst. They proclaim death to the Indians at all times, in words and publications, making no distinction between the innocent and the guilty. They incite the lowest class of men to the perpetuation of the darkest deeds against their victims, and, as judges and jurymen, shield them from the justice due to their crimes. Every crime committed by a white man against an Indian is concealed or palliated; every offense committed by one Indian against a white man is borne on the wings of the post or the telegraph to the remotest corner of the land, clothed with all the horrors which the reality or imagination can throw around it. Against such influences as these the people of the United States need to be warned. The murders, robberies, drunken riots, and outrages perpetuated by Indians in time of peace taking into consideration the relative population of the races on the frontier do not amount to a tithe of the number of like crimes committed by white men in the border settlements and towns. Against the inhuman idea that the Indian is only fit to be exterminated, and the influence of the men who propagate it, the military arm of the government cannot be too strongly guarded.

It is hardly to be wondered at that inexperienced officers, ambitious for distinction, when surrounded by such influences, have been incited to attack Indian bands without adequate cause, and involve the nation in an unjust war. It should, at least, be understood that in the future such blunders should cost the officer his commission, and that such destruction is an infamy.”

Let’s move from the Indian Wars to further consideration of the Mexican-American War. [40] This war is vitally important to understand because it sets the precedent of a US president lying, violating clear treaty, and the US stealing resources at the expense of thousands of deaths of US soldiers, and many multiples of those deaths of the people we attacked. Then, as today, the majority of Americans believed their “leaders” in ignorance of the facts, and without media’s coverage of clear voices like Abraham Lincoln’s to explain the facts.

The US invaded Mexico in 1846 despite it being a clear treaty violation and upon clear lies of US President Polk: “American blood shed upon the American soil.” [41] The result of the war was the US taking 40% of Mexico’s land. Although historians note that freshman member of Congress Abraham Lincoln was/is correct that the president lied and violated a treaty with criminal complicity of Congress, both parties’ and media propaganda allowed the war to move forward without criminal prosecution. The House of Representatives had enough votes to censure the president for, “a war unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States,” [42] but not to impeach. Btw: I’m unaware of any historian’s rational challenge to this history, despite the lies of omission you’ll read in corporate media textbooks today.

But don’t believe any expert or me; use your critical thinking skills. This is as easy as our baseball rule analogy that when a person knows the rule when a batter is safe or out at first base, there’s no need to ask anyone. If you know that:

  • a treaty is defined in Article Six of the US Constitution as the “Supreme Law of the Land,”
  • the US had the Adams-Onís Treaty with Mexico (originally with Spain and formally transferred to Mexico in 1831) in crystal-clear language regarding the areas of the now Southwest US (including Texas with all the “border dispute” lands because the Sabine River between Louisiana and today’s Texas was the agreed border):  “The two high contracting parties agree to cede and renounce all their rights, claims, and pretensions to the territories described by the said line, that is to say: The United States hereby cede to His Catholic Majesty, and renounce forever, all their rights, claims, and pretensions, to the territories lying west and south of the above-described line; and, in like manner, His Catholic Majesty cedes to the said United States all his rights, claims, and pretensions to any territories east and north of the said line, and for himself, his heirs, and successors, renounces all claim to the said territories forever.”
  • Therefore, the US Supreme Law was to forever recognize Texas and the now Southwest as Mexico’s land.

In baseball, you can (and do) say, “I know where first base is. I know when a batter is clearly safe or out at first base.” In this “current event” of life and death from our past, you can and should say, “I know what a treaty means. I know what a border means. I know when the US is 400 freaking miles over the border that was defined in a treaty that they’re obviously into Mexico and not on American soil.”

Perhaps this famous quote makes better sense now:

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

– George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1.

endnotes:

 

34. In this link, Bestselling author Naomi Wolf ties this history into efforts to revive this law in the present: HuffPost. Espionage Act: How the government can engage in serious aggression against the people of the United States. Dec. 10, 2010: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-wolf/post_1394_b_795001.html

35. Explore the National Asian American Telecommunications Association’s “Exploring the Japanese American Internment through film & the Internet.

36. Yale Law School. Treaties between the United States and Native Americans.

37. one of many summaries: eNotes: Supreme Court Drama: Worcester v. Georgia.

38. one of many summaries: About North Georgia. The Trail of Tears.

39. The link is a summary. The full report is on page 487 of the Executive Documents publication of the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the Forty-first Congress (1869-1870): http://books.google.com/books?id=d1RHAQAAIAAJ

40. The Law Library of Congress. The Mexican War and Lincoln’s “Spot Resolutions”. Louis Fisher. Aug. 18, 2009: http://www.loc.gov/law/help/usconlaw/pdf/Mexican.war.pdf

41. U.S.-Mexican War Documents. President Polk’s special message to Congress calling for a declaration of war against Mexico.

42. Statement by Louis Fisher, Specialist in Constitutional Law for the Law Library of the Library of Congress, to the Crime Subcommittee of the House Committee on the Judiciary. July 27, 2009.

 

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